Tottenham Hotspur near return as Project Restart gathers pace
As confirmed by the Tottenham Hotspur official site, Premier League shareholders voted unanimously to resume contact training. This marks another step towards resuming the Premier League season when safe to do so.
Players who have until now been training in small numbers can take part in groups. Tackling is now permitted while minimizing any unnecessary close contact.
The health and wellbeing of all participants still take centre stage amidst the Premier League’s priorities. Strict medical protocols are in place to ensure that the training ground is the safest environment possible. Meanwhile, players and staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.
According to the Mirror, the Premier League has held talks with sports technology company STATSports to help shape training sessions ahead of the move to contact training.
STATSports technology can provide data on the movement of players and how often they come into contact with each other. This will help clubs in assessing the risks presented by different aspects of training.
A number of Tottenham stars who were previously injured have returned to training. This should give us enough impetus to launch a full-scale assault on the top four when the matches resume.
The prospect of finally seeing the likes of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, and Steven Bergwijn playing together is mouthwatering.
With nothing else but Champions League qualification left, Tottenham have nine games in order to pull off a memorable end to the season.
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Stage Two of the Return to Training protocol has been agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the PFA, LMA and the Government. Discussions are ongoing as work continues towards resuming the season when conditions allow.